Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Barney Google


An original Barney Google from 1954.

In their heyday, comics had an enormous impact on American culture. It would be no exaggeration to say that half the people in the country read this comic strip every day. Charles Schulz's nickname, Sparky, came from Barney Google's horse Sparkplug. The strip added "googly eyes," "doodle bug," "horsefeathers," "heebie-jeebies" and of course, "googol," "googolplex," and "Google" to the lexicon.

Fred Lasswell, who drew this strip, having taken over for Billy DeBeck in 1942, was known endearingly among cartoonists and fans as Uncle Fred. Lasswell drew the strip through it's transition to Snuffy Smith until he died in 2001.  

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